Honda Crash Associated With 19th U.S. Takata Airbag-Related Death

by Aryn Plax

Apr 26, 2021

Honda has confirmed the 19th death in the United States caused by a Takata airbag inflator since 2009 and the 16th in a Honda vehicle.

Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a joint inspection into the crash of a 2002 Honda Accord. On April 21, Honda said they confirmed that a defective Takata airbag inflator ruptured during the crash, which took place January 9, 2021, in Lancaster County, South Carolina.

Defects in Takata airbags sometimes cause the airbag inflators to rupture, sending shrapnel flying and injuring or killing vehicle occupants. The fatal defect is tied to more than 400 injuries and at least 28 deaths globally.

It prompted a recall of 100 million inflators from 19 major automakers globally, including roughly 67 million inflators in the U.S. – the largest automotive recall in history.

The 2002 Honda Accord had been under recall since April 2011. Honda said that despite more than 100 attempts to notify the vehicle owner, the recall repair was never completed. However, the driver killed in the crash was not the registered owner of the vehicle.

Source: Automotive News